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Belarus suspended of European Broadcasting Union membership

Source : 112 Ukraine

Belteleradiocompany has two weeks to respond before EBU decision comes into force
17:30, 29 May 2021

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The Executive Council of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has suspended the membership of Belteleradiocompany in the organization. This is reported on the EBU website.

"Since the disputed elections last summer, we have been campaigning for the protection of independent journalism and freedom of expression in the country. We have publicly supported journalists at BTRC who have been protesting against government interference. We have also been monitoring BTRC’s coverage and have communicated our concerns to their management," the statement said.

The EBU said that the union was particularly alarmed by the interviews broadcast on Belarusian TV channels in recent weeks. According to the union, "the interviews were clearly obtained under duress."

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"In light of these exceptional developments, the Executive Board has no alternative other than to propose the suspension of BTRC’s membership of the EBU," the union stressed.

The EBU is the organizer of the annual Eurovision Song Contest.

As reported, on May 24, the state channels of Belarus showed a video in which the detained founder of the Telegram channel NEXTA Roman Protasevich testifies. In addition, Belarusian TV channels showed a video of the interrogation of Protasevich's girlfriend Sofia Sapega, who was also detained in Minsk after the forced landing of a Ryanair plane.

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